One of the ways fires are detected is by lookout stations. These are situated at a location with extensive visibility and have associated structures manned by a lookout observer whose prime purpose is to locate and report wildfires. A network of five lookout stations are spread throughout the NWT.
How do we detect wildfires?
Currently, wildfires are detected any number of ways: in California, wildfires are typically first recorded via 911 (a US emergency hotline) calls4, but we also detect wildfires via fire watchtowers or by camera networks and satellite images (like from the GOES5 or VIIRS6 satellites) that inspect areas of interest.
How are most wildfires detected?
NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass.
Which sensor is used to detect forest fire?
A number of early forest fire detection methods have been proposed using various remote sensing systems based on infrared thermal camera (Therma-cam) imaging, airborne or ground-based Lidar and Satellite-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging techniques [1–3].
How quickly are wildfires detected?
Spot over 95% of small fires within 10 minutes of ignition, minimizing damage to your assets.
What are forest fires?
Wildfire, also called forest, bush or vegetation fire, can be described as any uncontrolled and non-prescribed combustion or burning of plants in a natural setting such as a forest, grassland, brush land or tundra, which consumes the natural fuels and spreads based on environmental conditions (e.g., wind, topography).